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Mind Blowing Tacos at Las Carolinas Grocery & Grill in Clayton, NC

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I was driving back from a meeting in Goldsboro unable to find McCall's BBQ. My passenger was looking faint from hunger, but I wasn't sure where to stop in Clayton. On a hunch, I pulled a U turn and we stopped at an unassuming taco stand/grocery store, Las Carolinas Grocery & Grill. I was rewarded with some of the best tacos I've had in years, perhaps ever. What made them so good? First, they make tortillas in house. I didn't see if they were made to order or not, but they were thin and had the fresh taste of same day vs. day old tortillas. Second, variety - I ordered tongue, carnitas, & ham & egg, There was variation in flavorings & ingredients in the filling of each taco. Next, they served grilled accompaniments to the tacos, specifically, knob onions and jalapenos. This is a truly great spot for tacos that I strongly recommend if you're in Clayton or if you're driving by on I40. The grill serves until 7:30 nightly. They have other fare besides tacos, like papusas, burgers, hot dogs, etc.

Las Carolinas Grocery & Grill
4905 Guy Road
Clayton, NC 27520
(919) 359-0089

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  1. Oh, thanks! Usually my trips to Johnston County are reserved for White Swan BBQ (tell me more about McCalls! never heard of it!), but this sounds like a real find. Appreciate the tip!

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    1. re: Tehama

      I think this place is a gem. I've only been once, so it could be a fluke. I think this place is so good that I haven't told my wife yet. If I tell her how awesome the place is without having brought samples, it's just boastful.

      McCall's in Clayton is a branch of the McCall's in Goldsboro. I don't recall if I've ever been to either location, so I can't really rate it.

    2. Cool. I drive by there twice a week going to the golf course. Never had the nerve to try it. I'm definitely going in for tacos now. Thanks for the tip.

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      1. re: Fu Dee

        Fu Dee-

        The ladies who work there were so sweet when I was there, too. I also loved the fact that I could use my corporate card as my visit was related to a client meeting. I can't wait to go back.